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The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.


The Winterthur Library is open by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. Please send an appointment request, along with a list of the items you would like to consult, to, or call us at 302-888-4630. Item requests must be received no later than 24 hours before the appointment. Staff also welcomes inquiries and requests for reference consultations by phone and email, and will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

Please note that the library will be closed from December 24, 2020-January 1, 2021.

The holdings of the library are cataloged in WinterCat, an online catalog available at Winterthur as well as through Winterthur’s web site. Bibliographic records of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs are added daily to WinterCat, offering researchers an opportunity to inquire about the full range of the library's holdings. The library’s bibliographic records are contributed to WorldCat, a comprehensive online resource maintained by OCLC.

In addition, library staff has created a number of databases recording our more visually significant collections.

A variety of short- and long-term fellowships are available at Winterthur. Applications are due in January, and awards are announced in April. Fellows enjoy many staff privileges, including 24-hour access to portions of the library.

Overnight lodging is available for a modest fee at Winterthur's Visiting Scholars Residence.  For details, contact Facilities Services Division at 302.888.4753.

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